The Indian Army are taking more than 80 children from the Machil village of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir for a 20-day long tour of Rajasthan. As part of Operation Sadhbhavana, the Army is working to integrate children passed out of school to explore various avenues of opportunities in other parts of India. This will help them have a better understanding of the world outside their village, which is close to the Line of Control.
Major Deepak Kavya, who heads this initiative, has taken on the responsibility of the children entrusted by their parents. “The main objective of this tour is to give exposure to these children. They can witness the development happening in other parts of the country and can be more acquainted to modern technology,” said Kavya. He added that the children have never been out of their village and this is the first time they will travel on a train.
The children will visit the forts of Jodhpur and Jaipur, explore the marble and wooden handicraft industry of the state and tour the Birla Planetarium and Science Park. All these venues are chosen to accommodate history, economics and scientific study. They will also meet the Governor of Rajasthan and the General Officer Commander (GOC) Western Command. “I hope that when the children go back, they will tell other children and inspire them,” said Kavya.
Hailing the slogans of Jai Hind and Bharat Mata Ki Jai, the children were seen in a cheerful mood before their departure. One child expressed optimism of development coming to his hometown because of Prime Minister Modi, after being neglected for a long time. “There is neither a good road nor a good hospital to date. After passing 12, we have to go very far because there is no college here. Poor children like us cannot study in distant colleges because of the cost,” the child said.
A boy appreciated the initiatives of the Army during times of distress. “The Army helps us in transportation during snowfall, many times even using helicopters. I too want to join the army so that I can help others,” the boy said.Many children here showed interest to join the Armed forces while one expressed a desire to join the Indian Police Service (IPS).
—Zee Media Newsroom